Reliability of a older used vehicle depends on the previous owner and how well they maintained it. The stories of my friend had this happen with such and such a car aren't super accurate in determining reliability.
Maybe ask an independent shop that specializes in European vehicles. I know there are a few around the Metro-Detroit area, and I'm sure there are ones out in GR.
Other than that, my two cents is that the large majority of foreign cars require expensive parts and sometimes more special tools to perform the repairs. Get a domestic car that had high production numbers with a good reliability reputation. Then, if anything does break because something always will, parts and/or labor won't be as expensive. Even a Civic or Accord would be a decent choice, but some of the parts for those cars are still more expensive than a comparable domestic.